The meeting of the California Region of the MRA was held on September 14, 2012. Malibu Mountain Rescue Team hosted the meeting at their Lost Hills station. Sixteen teams from the region were represented. The meeting was scheduled to start one hour later at 1000 hours to accommodate some of the distant teams to leave later in the morning. Members of the Monterey County Sheriffs Search and Rescue flew into Van Nuys Airport. The meeting last just over two hours.
The California Region of the Mountain Rescue Association expanded to 31 teams and agencies with the approval of the Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Mountaineering Team and the San Bernardino Mountain Search and Rescue Team to become associate members of the MRA.
The Fresno County team was formed in 1982. Their area covers the San Joaquin Valley and the western Sierras. They have over 60 members. Monterey County and Sierra Madre have offered to be their host teams.
DCSSAR SNOW & ICE ACCREDTATION REPORT 4-14-2012
On Sat April 14 Douglas County SAR tested in the Snow and Ice discipline at Echo Summit, El Dorado County, California, in the El Dorado National Forest at 7000 to 8000’ of elevation on a North aspect.
The scenario started with an informant contacting DCSSAR with limited information about two newly met friends overdue from a day trip into the mountains. The informant had GPS coordinates indicating the LKP. DCSSAR deployed 3 field teams.
The Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team honored long time member Dick Sale with a memorial service held at Chantry Flats. Members from the SAR community and family members attended the event. Mountain Rescue Association Honor Guard Roy West officiated the event. Several speakers told moving stories about Dick's life and times with the Sierra Madre team. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Air Rescue 5 did a fly-over. After the memorial service, the attendees headed down the hill to the Sierra Madre team's station for lunch and to remember the good times with Dick.